[birding] WILLAMETTE VALLEY BIRDING TRAIL: Nominate your favorite sites!

Joel Geier joel.geier at peak.org
Thu Jul 12 14:59:41 PDT 2007


ATTENTION WILLAMETTE VALLEY BIRDERS!

This is your chance to help shape Oregon's newest birding trail, which
will showcase the birds and habitats of the Willamette Valley.

You can now nominate your favorite birding sites for the Willamette
Valley Birding Trail, by visiting: 

http://www.oregonbirdingtrails.org/willamettevalley.htm 


WHAT KIND OF TRAIL WILL THIS BE?

The Willamette Valley Birding Trail will be a self-guided auto/bicycle
tour that uses existing roads, turnouts, parking areas, and walking
trails to showcase the diversity of birds and habitats that occur in the
Willamette Valley.

The trail will cover the area bounded by the Columbia River on the
north, the Cascades foothills on the east, south to Cottage Grove, and
to the summit of the Coast range on the west.


WHAT KIND OF SITES SHOULD WE NOMINATE?

The trail will help guide birders from other states, countries, or
regions of Oregon, out-of-state birders, as well as local residents who
are new to birding, to places where they can experience our regularly
occurring bird species. 

As you make your site nominations, think of places where visiting
birders will be able to find:

Regional nesting specialties that visitors often ask about, such as:
Sooty Grouse, Mountain Quail, Band-tailed Pigeon, Vaux's Swift, Rufous
Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Olive-sided,
Hammond's or Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hutton's or Cassin's Vireo,
Steller's or Western Scrub-Jay, American Dipper, Bewick's or Winter
Wren, Wrentit, Western Bluebird, Varied or Swainson's Thrush, Orange-
crowned, Nashville, Black-throated Gray, Hermit, Wilson's or
MacGillivray's Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, and Lesser Goldfinch.

Spectacular wintering spectacles like our multitudes of geese, ducks,
and swans, our 15 species of winter raptors, plus specialties like
Barrow's Goldeneye, Northern Shrike, Townsend's Warbler, American Pipit,
and Sooty Fox, Golden-crowned or Lincoln's Sparrow. 

Places to see migrant shorebirds or those amazing springtime flocks of
warblers will also make great sites for the trail. Try to think of
places that offer good, safe public access and a "quality field
experience" that will introduce birders to the important habitats of the
Willamette Valley.


WHY CREATE A BIRDING TRAIL?

The Willamette Valley Birding Trail aims to:

        Enhance the public’s enjoyment of birds and their habitats in
        the Willamette Valley.
        
        Promote understanding and appreciation of wildlife habitat
        conservation and stewardship.
        
        Enhance year-round, low-impact recreational opportunities in the
        Willamette Valley.
        
        Attract overnight visitors and boost the economic vitality of
        communities and businesses along the trail.

The trail will link directly with the Oregon Cascades and Oregon Coast
Birding Trails as part of Oregon's birding trail network (visit
www.oregonbirdingtrails.org for more information).


WHO'S INVOLVED?

Partners in the Willamette Valley Birding Trail project include:

	Audubon Society of Corvallis
	Bureau of Land Management (Eugene)
	Cascade Pacific Resources, Conservation & Development(*)
	Convention & Visitors Association of Lane County Oregon
	Lane Council of Governments
	Lane County Audubon Society
	Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
	Oregon Field Ornithologists
	Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department
	Portland Audubon Society
	Salem Audubon Society
	Travel Oregon (Oregon Tourism Commission)
	U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Fern Ridge)
	U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Valley Refuge Complex)
	U.S. Forest Service
	Willamette Valley Visitors Association

(*) - also serving as fiscal agent for project.


HOW ELSE CAN BIRDERS GET INVOLVED?

Besides nominating sites, birders can volunteer to help on the
committees that will select birding sites along the proposed route;
raise funds for a website and printed trail guide, and establish
directional and interpretive signs. Cash donations are also welcome!

For more information contact Oregon Field Ornithologist's representative
Joel Geier at 541.745-5821 or joel.geier at peak.org, or Jackie Nichols at
Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development Area at 541.757.4807
or cprcd at qwest.net.

--
Joel Geier
Corvallis, Oregon





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